• Report: Steelers Ink FordhamTE Phazahn Odom Following Minicamp

    The Steelers have added another piece to their roster, as reports say the team has come to terms with former Fordham tight end Phazahn Odom.

    Odom was an All-state basketball player in high school who averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds per game. We’ll see if his game can translate to the NFL and if he can do enough to make the Steelers roster.

  • Steelers Release Four Players Including CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and WR Canaan Severin

    The Steelers released veteran quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Monday, and today Missi Matthews reports the team has let go of a couple more players from their roster.

    Brown-Dukes is a running back who was added to the practice squad back in late December, Johnson, another running back, came aboard the practice squad the second week in January.

    Wide out Severin joined the team last season from the University of Virginia, and at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds he could have rounded into an interesting player, and was even talked about as a sleeper for the club, but obviously didn’t do enough for the team to justify a roster spot.

    Al-Hajj Shabazz was added to the 53-man roster December 23rd of last season after Shamarko Thomas was placed on IR. He was back and forth on the teams’ practice squad as well as the team, as he even spent time with the Texans last season.

  • Steelers Release Veteran QB Zach Mettenberger

    The Steelers drafted a quarterback and added another as an unrestricted free agent, and with that came the news today the team has released veteran quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

    The move comes two days after they drafted Josh Dobbs and added free agent Nick Schuessler, two players that could be a big part of the teams future when it comes to lining up under center.

    Mettenberger didn’t do much despite serving as the third-string quarterback last season behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.

    He didn’t appear in a game during his tenure with the black and gold. He is best remembered for his time in Tennessee, playing with the Titans during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

  • A Rundown of All the Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL Draft Picks

    Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Steelers 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

    Round 1, Pick 30 (No. 30 overall)

    T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin: The Steelers will try again to find a pass-rushing complement for James Harrison, whom one would assume at some point in his 50s or 60s will have to stop playing football. Watt has a chance to finally end the search. He tested extremely well at the combine, and he plugs in much better in the Steelers’ 3-4 attack than he would have with a 4-3 scheme. The coaching staff in Pittsburgh won’t have to worry about effort here, either—he’s at full speed, all the time. He may never be an All-Pro, but this is a solid find at pick 30.? GRADE: B+

    Round 2, Pick 30 (No. 62)

    JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC: Man, how many wide receivers do the Steelers need? If they’re all on the field together, this offense is going to be borderline unstoppable. But Pittsburgh, perhaps wisely, does not want to put all its eggs in the Martavis Bryant basket, and it has yet to see Sammie Coates take off as hoped. Smith-Schuster is a big-bodied guy who will win the one-on-one matchups he will be handed in that offense.? GRADE: C+

    Round 3, Pick 30 (No. 94)

    Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee: The highlight reel for Sutton is loaded with plays where he shows incredible instincts and makes plays on the football. He didn’t show that talent all the time, in large part because of injury issues, hence his Round 3 landing spot. He should get some chances as a return man. GRADE: B?

    Round 3, Pick 41 (No. 105)

    James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh: Not only do the Steelers land a hometown favorite with this pick, they get a physical option who can take a few carries off LeVeon Bell’s tally. He’s more than just a great story—he can hammer defenses between the tackles, and he showed some surprising pass-catching ability in 2016. GRADE: B+?

    Round 4, Pick 29 (No. 135) Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

    Round 5, Pick 30 (No. 173) Brian Allen, DB, Utah

    Round 6, Pick 30 (No. 213) Colin Holba, LS, Louisville

    Round 7, Pick 30 (No. 248) Keion Adams, DE, Western Michigan

  • Steelers Go Back to the OLB Tree; Select T.J. Watt with the 30th Pick in the NFL Draft

    The Steelers are hoping the brother of J.J. Watt is as close to as good as the Houston Texans all-world defensive player is.

    That’s because Thursday night in the NFL Draft, the Steelers put their eggs in T.J. Watt’s basket, making him their first-round pick, hoping he’ll add some big time pressure on the quarterback from the outside linebacker spot.

    Watt finished with 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss last season for Wisconsin after struggling through injuries earlier in his collegiate career. He started as a tight end before switching to linebacker.

    The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Watt joins an outside linebacker group that includes James Harrison, who turns 39 next week, and 2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree.

    This is the fourth time in the last five drafts the Steelers have taken a linebacker with their top pick, and with Jarvis Jones gone in free agency, they are hoping that Watt will pick up the slack and be even better than what they got from Jones.


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